Asks for account of sales of Geology of "Beagle". Willing to consider offer for remaining stock in order to close account.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E. Jan. 14
Pray believe me | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
- f1 3914.f1The statement of account has not been found; however, see Correspondence vol. 4, letter to Smith, Elder & Company, [16 February 1849] and n. 3. Smith, Elder & Company published CD's geology and zoology of the Beagle voyage (see nn. 2 and 4, below).
- f2 3914.f2CD's letter has not been found. Smith, Elder & Company published the three parts of CD's account of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle: Coral reefs in 1842, Volcanic islands in 1844, and South America in 1846. In 1851, the three parts were combined and reissued, retaining the old pagination, although the title and half-title leaves of the parts were discarded and replaced by a new general title leaf, as Geological observations on coral reefs, volcanic islands, and on South America (Freeman 1977). See Correspondence vols. 2--4 for some of the transactions between CD and Smith, Elder & Company.
- f3 3914.f3See letter from Smith, Elder & Company, 3 March 1863.
- f4 3914.f4Smith, Elder & Company also published the five parts of Zoology (Freeman 1977; see Correspondence vols. 2 and 3). However, the correspondence referred to has not been found, and, in CD's account books, there is no explicit reference to a final settlement or sale of the stock of Zoology.